Creative Networks - Cinematic Censorship - The BBFC and Beyond

Posted on 21 January 2016

The Long Road Back From Hell

Cinematic Censorship – The BBFC and Beyond

Speaker: Associate Professor Xavier Mendik. Director of the Cine-Excess International Film Festival

Associate Professor Xavier Mendik is a documentary filmmaker, writer and distributor who has produced numerous commercially commissioned works on cult films, horror and ‘excess’ cinema. As Associate Professor in Film and director of graduate studies at Birmingham City University school of Media he runs the Cult Film Archive and research centre as well as being the Director of the Cine-Excess International Film Festival.

For this month’s Creative Networks he will be discussing one of cinema’s most contentious titles – the notorious ‘video nasty’ Cannibal Holocaust. The event will also include a screening of his documentary The Long Road Back From Hell: Reclaiming Cannibal Holocaust, which was included on the UK Blu-ray and DVD release of the film that followed the landmark BBFC ruling on the film.

With its complex narrative and innovative use of documentary style techniques, Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust initiated a trailblazing trend of ‘found footage horror’ that continued through to The Blair Witch Project (1999) and beyond. However, the film’s stylishness was overshadowed by it savage imagery, which led to the movie being banned and heavily censored in many European countries.

In Britain, the film became the most notorious ‘video nasty’ of the early 1980s, and was only subsequently released in the UK in a heavily censored version. However, in 2011, the Cine-Excess international film festival and academics including Professor Julian Petley helped frame the official BBFC submission of the new HD master of Cannibal Holocaust on behalf of its distributor. This application resulted in a landmark BBFC ruling, which allows the most complete cut of Cannibal Holocaust to be released across the UK.

5.45pm BCU Millennium Point-Registration followed by complimentary food/refreshments and networking in our Cafe
7.00pm Speaker: Xavier Mendik BCU Millennium Point Lecture Theatre
8.15pm Q & A 8.45pm Event ends
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Creative Networks - Cinematic Censorship - The BBFC and Beyond